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Keeping sight of the ‘Cockney Sparrow’ in London

Sparrows have a rich history in this city, so let’s hope they stick around, says Bob Gilbert.

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Anu Paalova at Jivita Ayurveda

Alternative therapies: ‘I discovered the healing power of ayurveda’

While practicing yoga around six years ago, Anu Paavola decided she wanted to understand more about her body.

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Volunteer gardeners working at Cecil Sharp House: Susannah Hall, Hugh Livingstone, Kayode Olafimihan & Sean Tansey. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Gardening: Got a garden that needs a makeover? You need to Permablitz it

If I had any mental picture of the entrance way to Cecil Sharp House, Regent’s Park Road, NW1, it was of something rather dry and gloomy, of being flanked by dark trees as one made a hesitant progress towards the non-obvious front door. It certainly was not of a vibrant flower bed.

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Renovated Virgin Active in Crouch End. Regular clients Katy Mills, left, and Rachael Field Roddis with Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn. Photograph: Rosie Hallam

Competition: Win a year-long membership at Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club

To celebrate the re-launch of Crouch End Virgin Active Health Club, we are offering two readers the chance to win a free yearlong membership at the club.

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Education

Channing School headteacher Barbara Elliott with pupils Ria Kovacs, Sui-Lin Le Carson, Audrey Scher and Lucy Simpson. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Highgate’s Channing School branded ‘exceptional’ at first inspection for six years

A top-performing girls’ school has been branded “exceptional” and given the highest possible rating following its first inspection for six years.

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High Speed 2

Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Poll: Can Ukip ever be more than a protest party?

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

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Obituaries

Rainbow George Weiss and Ronnie Carroll (front) celebrate Mr Carroll's 80th birthday. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Obituary: Hampstead and Kilburn election candidate and Eurovision star Ronnie Carroll remembered

Former Eurovision contestant Ronnie Carroll has died days after launching his final election campaign to stand as a candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn.

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